ROVIN’ WITH ROVER - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


Posted by OCVA / March 30, 2010

The dog days of summer are still months away, but April is Four-Legged Friends month on The People’s Coast.

It would be a doggone shame to miss the fetching opportunities just begging to be explored this month on The People’s Coast. There’s Doggie Olympics and a costume parade, special pet-friendly rates and always lots of really cool things to smell! So don’t be a heel. Collar your whole family, come for a visit – and stay! You’ll have a ball! But before you do, pause for a moment to read the regulations regarding leash requirements in Oregon’s state parks. Okay? Good boy!

Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Then check out the Mutt Masters Dog Show and Olympics in Lincoln City. Strut your stuff at the Doggie Costume Parade and then enjoy a free pontoon boat ride during Doggie Weekend at Loon Lake Resort in Reedsport. Lap up the sites and suds at Brewer’s Memorial Ale Festival, “the world’s largest dog-friendly beer festival,” in Newport. Or simply enjoy a nice old-fashioned jog with Rover on Cannon Beach.

Begging for more? What dog wouldn’t dig a day in the dunes south of Reedsport? If your pet’s been a really good boy, reward him with one of the cool accessories at Beach Puppy Dog Boutique in Seaside. They’ll let you know if that sweater makes your mutt look big. Sniff out an all-natural treat at Mary Ann’s Natural Pet in Florence, where, hello kitty, they even have cat and aromatherapy products! Also in Florence, you can pamper your pooch at Doggie Den Daycare while you chow down on the luscious culinary creations being served up at the Coastal Cuisine Gala. Doggie bag, anyone?

When it’s time to stay, you won’t have a rough time finding a pet-friendly deal this month. The Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City is offering a “doggie discount” package that includes treats, chew toys, a Frisbee and a stylish bandana. The Land’s End Motel in Cannon Beach is waiving pet fees during April. Daisy can snuggle into her very own bed and enjoy a lovely biscuit for no extra fee this month at The Best Western Pier Point Inn in Florence. And chew on this: Donating a can of food will fetch you a 20 percent discount at Fireside Motel in Yachats.

What puppy wouldn’t love staying in one of the pet-friendly vacation homes available from Shorepine Vacation Rentals in Pacific City or the Harborview Inn & RV Park in Garibaldi? Edgewater Cottages in Waldport welcomes dogs, kids and “well-behaved adults.” And pets are always welcome at a number of RV parks and cottages in Gold Beach, Brookings-Harbor, and Coos Bay. So don’t just sit there drooling over the possibilities; roll on over to The People’s Coast! Your dachshund wonders what you’re wading for.


Had a terrific pet-centric experience on The People’s Coast? Well, speak up. Share the puppy love with your fellow humans online. You could win a two-night stay in an oceanfront room at the Fireside Motel in Yachats, and your dog will be the envy of every cool cat in the neighborhood.


There are three considerations to take into account when you walk your pet on Oregon beaches.

  1. Beaches that are within the boundaries of an Oregon state park http://For more infomation visit must have all pets on a leash not more than six feet long and kept under physical control at all times. (OAR 736-010-0030)
  2. If you are on a beach outside of the boundaries of an Oregon state park, Ocean Shore rules apply. Ocean Shore OAR 736-21-0070 states “the owner of any dog, cat, or other animal brought into or kept in the ocean shore recreation area shall be responsible for the animal’s behavior and physical control while in the ocean shore recreation area.” Leashes are not specifically required, but physical control must be maintained.
  3. Where beaches have been designated Western Snowy Plover nesting sites or wildlife habitat areas, all beach pedestrians must stay on the wet sand and all pets must remain on a six foot leash and be kept under physical control. Pet control must be maintained in all wildlife habitat areas and apply to both Oregon State Park and Ocean Shore areas. Designated areas are well signed to warn beach visitors of wildlife habitat areas.

Oh, and here’s a little common-sense reminder: If your pooches do their business on the beach or pathway, make it your business to pick up after them, and leave no unpleasant discoveries afoot for your fellow explorers.

Featured Events

Brewer’s Memorial Ale Festival in Newport

The festival honors the brewery’s black Lab, Brewer, who died in 2006. Billed as the largest dog-friendly beer festival in the world, the event will include more than 50 microbreweries, music, seafood and dog-inspired entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the Oregon Coast Therapy Animals and the Central Coast Humane Society. Dogs can participate in doggy musical chairs, dog dancing and celebrity dog look-alike contests. The $10 entrance fee includes a souvenir mug and taster tokens. Dogs get in free!
May 21-23, 2010
For more information visit

Doggie Weekend at Loon Lake Lodge and RV Resort in Reedsport

When you check-in with your special friend, you will receive a 25% discount for your lodging and your pup will receive a Doggie Treat Bag and neck kerchief! Get creative and be ready on Saturday to join in for the games with your special friend like a licking contest or relay races, then onto the Doggie Costume Parade. It will be so exciting that the prizes awarded will just be a bonus! Throughout the weekend, you can relax with your pet on free Pontoon Boat Rides on the very beautiful Loon Lake. The fun continues on Sunday with a Dog Pancake Breakfast at 10AM. Take a look at our web site for more details and then call for reservations.
May 21 – 23, 2010
For more information visit

Mutt Masters Dog Show and Olympics in Lincoln City

Registration begins at 11am with the contests and shows beginning at Noon. Registration fee is $2 per dog, per category – or $15 per dog for unlimited entries. For humans there will be human food booths and booths with pet-related information, gifts and goodies. So bring the whole family, even if you leave the mutt at home. Spectator suggested donation is $5 per person, kids 12 and under get in for free! A bag of dry pet food will also get spectators in for free! All dry food will be donated to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Other donations will also be accepted inside the event. All proceeds will go to support the Lincoln County Animal Shelter and DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital which is opening a clinic in Lincoln City.
May 15, 2010 at Noon
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151

Florence Coastal Cuisine Gala in Florence

Sample luscious culinary creations of Oregon Coast restaurants and wineries to benefit Florence Food Share. Three Rivers Casino and Hotel, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $50.
April 20, 2010
For more infomation visit or call 541-997-7529

Featured Things to Do on The People’s Coast

Doggie Den Daycare in Florence

Our purpose is to provide a fun, playful, stimulating and safe environment for your dog while you are away or at work.
For more information call 541-902-1456

Mary Ann’s Natural Pet in Florence

Premium all-natural foods and treats for cats and dogs. Herbs, aromatherapy, toys, beds, crates, carriers, car seats, and grooming.
For more information call 541-902-0900

Beach Puppy “A Unique Dog Boutique” in Seaside

When you come to the beach, treat your four-legged furry family to Seaside’s Beach Puppy. Beach Puppy’s primary focus is on accessories. We find the latest, greatest, cool dog products. Customers see things in our shop they do not at other stores and our prices are great. We hear from our customers time and time again, “I wish we had a shop like this in our town.”
For more information visit or call 503-738-9262

Featured Places to Stay on The People’s Coast

Cottages at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City

Dogs are relatively easy to please. In most cases, as long as they’re by your side, you won’t hear them complaining. But when was the last time your dog went to the beach? When they see the coast stretched out in front of them, something incredible happens. You can see it in their faces. They love the sand under their furry feet, the smell of the salty air in their wet noses. Your dog will love a stay at the Cottages at Cape Kiwanda! Our pet-friendly units are a puppy’s dream, as they are furnished with a warm fleece blanket, special beach towel, their very own doggie dish to use, and some treats for dessert. For you: walk your pooch over to the Pelican Pub, and order a bowl of their award winning clam chowder. Rest assured that you and your four-legged friend will equally enjoy a trip to the Cottages at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City
Available Anytime
For more information visit or call 866-571-0605

Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City

Calling all Canines! Bring your faithful companion to Pacific City for a beach getaway to really bark about! This package includes a “doggie discount” on an ocean view Kiwanda Guest room, Bowser’s Bucket filled with yummy doggie treats and chew toys, flashy bandana to tie around your pet’s neck (fashionable beach attire) and a high flying Frisbee to fetch on the beach in between chasing after the flying seagulls and escaping the foam at the ocean’s edge. After a day of playing at the beach treat your pooch to a warm water outside shower (to rinse off all that sand), dry off with a special doggie beach towel before curling up in front of your fireplace for a much deserved afternoon snooze.
Available any day of the week, subject to availability
For more information visit or call 888-965-7001

Fireside Motel in Yachats

The Fireside Motel is located on the spectacular Oregon Coast in Yachats. A scenic coastal path meanders in front of the Motel along the magnificent rocky coastline and eventually ends at a sandy beach that runs for eight miles. In front of the Motel giant boulders push into the ocean, wave’s crash into coves, and fissures spray foam high in the air. Enjoy beautiful ocean views from your room or balcony. And now, donate a can of food for each night of your stay and receive 20% off your room rate. This offer is good Sunday – Thursday, March 28th – June 17th, 2010. A two night minimum is required and this discount is not valid on holidays or with other offers. Just visit our website to print off a coupon and save! Share this spectacular setting in Yachats with your loved ones, be they human or pet.
March 28th – June 17th, 2010
For more information visit or call 800-336-3573

Shorepine Vacation Rentals in Pacific City

Stay in one of Shorepine Village’s 20 pet friendly vacation homes and experience a truly happy pet! We have over two miles of paved pathways with carefully positioned doggie stations throughout. There is also a seasonal pond in the middle perfect for a safe game of catch. After enjoying our one-of-a-kind wooden board walk to the beach, and then take a stroll down the path to the Pelican Pub & Brewery where you can have great clam chowder and amazing, award-winning, fish and chips. Call and speak with one of our reservation specialists for more information or to reserve your home.
For more information visit or call 503-965-5776

Land’s End Motel in Cannon Beach

“A Dog Gone Good Deal” Bring your dog to the beach and enjoy the pet friendly town of Cannon Beach. No pet fees during the month of April.
Valid through April 30, 2010
For more information visit or call 800-793-1477

Edgewater Cottages in Waldport

Family friendly ocean front cottages with excellent ocean views, kitchens, fireplaces, sliding glass doors, sun decks and easy access to nearly seven miles of sandy beach between Yachats and Waldport, milepost 158.3. Kids and dogs and well-behaved adults welcome. Please call ahead for reservations.
Available anytime
For more information visit or call 541-563-2240

Harborview Inn & RV Park in Garibaldi

Harborview Inn & RV Park is a pet friendly 18 room Motel and 30 space RV Park located at the marina and boat launch at historic Garibaldi harbor gateway to the Pacific Northwest. The property offers great views of Tillamook Bay and the harbor. A fisherman’s delight, our property is only 300 ft from the boat launch on the beautiful Tillamook Bay. Walk to the harbor and restaurants and enjoy low cost boat rentals. Also, rent crab rings and fire pits and most importantly, get ready for lots of fun! This is an ideal Oregon coast vacation with the many activities close by along with being just a few minutes from Tillamook and Rockaway Beach.
Available Anytime
For more information visit or call 503-322-3251

Best Western Pier Point Inn in Florence

Even Fido gets his own bed and a biscuit at the Best Western Pier Point Inn, and they’ll waive the pet charge, too during the month of April! Say you saw this offer in the People’s Coast eNewsletter.
April 1-30, 2010
For more information visit or call
541-997-7191 or 800-435-6736

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